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Mark Low
Founder, Managing Director

Mark is co-founder and Managing Director of Ascender Design. His key roles at Ascender include Sales – he is responsible for establishing and maintaining a pipeline of potential clients and developing a client base consistent with the growth plans of the business. Mark has played a pivotal role in developing relationships with TAL, Bupa Aged Care, Hindmarsh, McGrath, Wesley Institute, Secure Parking, Workplace Gender Equality Agency and Longrain Restaurant. Mark also oversees the Finance functions and has been instrumental in developing Ascender's advisory network. Mark is also a volunteer Program Manager for charity organisation A Sound Life and has Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design and an Associate Diploma in Sports Science.

Adrian Weller
Founder, Creative Director

Adrian’s ideas have been bringing businesses to life for over 20 years. As co-owner of Ascender and a qualified strategic planner, he brings a variety of thinking tools to every project, ensuring what we do is always strategically sound, creatively inspiring and commercially relevant. Adrian’s extensive experience in corporate identity and visual communications spans Australia and the UK. He created work for Jones Lang La Salle, Tesco’s, Prudential, TSB Lloyds and many others. In Australia, ING, Multiplex, Sunbeam, Dymocks, Optus, McGrath, Macquarie Bank, the Sydney Symphony and others benefit from Adrian’s ability to use design to recreate businesses and brands.

Tara Welsh
Account Director

With over 15 years experience in managing and implementing projects for clients from a diverse range of industries from corporate, government, financial and health through to lifestyle and entertainment, Tara’s understanding of building and maintaining relationships, and executing projects of varied scale, ensures that your project is delivered efficiently and on time.

Kate Johnstone
Senior Brand Designer

Kate graduated with Honours from Design in Visuals Communications at UTS in 2009, and has since been creating inspired print and online solutions for a range of clients in diverse industries from finance to fruit juice. With a flair for photography, typography and print design, Kate has a particular affinity with branding and campaign work having rolled out ideas for MLC, Westpac Institutional Banking, Lend Lease, CBRE and Savills.

Ben Tan
Senior Digital Designer

With a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication from UTS, Ben is an energetic designer with a love for all things creative. Working in photography, printed media and the web, Ben pushes for considered and engaging solutions, whatever the platform. Ben has worked for a broad range of clients including Sydney Opera House, AIMIA, Native Title Services and Australia Council for the Arts.

Georgia Martin

Georgia is a highly creative and proactive designer with particular skills in branding and digital campaigns. Having recently completed a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications from UTS, she brings fresh ideas and approaches to client projects. Her passion for the industry is reflected in her winning design for the Toynbee Wilson Typography Prize and membership of the AGDA Student Council.

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